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When some unnatural or supernatural phenomena takes place, foreboding some evil, remedial measures have to be undertaken. These are generally termed as śāntis. Even in some early Vedic mantras we find the idea of counteracting the evil effects of bad dreams.<ref>Ṛgveda 10.164.1-5; 8.47.16-18; 10.36.4; 10.37.4</ref> They are:
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When some unnatural or supernatural phenomena takes place, foreboding some evil, remedial measures have to be undertaken. These are generally termed as [[Śāntis|śāntis]]. Even in some early Vedic mantras we find the idea of counteracting the evil effects of bad [[dreams]].<ref>[[Ṛgveda]] 10.164.1-5; 8.47.16-18; 10.36.4; 10.37.4</ref> They are:
* The Sāñkhāyana-grhyasutras<ref>Sāñkhāyana-grhyasutras 5.6, 7, 10, 11</ref> prescribes the Ṛgvedic sukta<ref>Ṛgvedic sukta 1.114 with 11 verses</ref> for curing a person suffering from any disease.
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* The Sāñkhāyana-grhyasutras<ref>Sāñkhāyana-grhyasutras 5.6, 7, 10, 11</ref> prescribes the Ṛgvedic [[sukta]]<ref>Ṛgvedic [[sukta]] 1.114 with 11 verses</ref> for curing a person suffering from any disease.
* In the Taittiriya Āranyaka<ref>Taittiriya Āranyaka 4.42</ref> there are 37 mantras of śānti, of which 7 are from the Rgveda.
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* In the Taittiriya Āranyaka<ref>Taittiriya Āranyaka 4.42</ref> there are 37 mantras of śānti, of which 7 are from the [[Rgveda]].
* Several verses of the Atharvaveda<ref>Atharvaveda 6.45.1; 6.46.1</ref> are also prescribed for similar purposes.
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* Several verses of the [[Atharvaveda]]<ref>[[Atharvaveda]] 6.45.1; 6.46.1</ref> are also prescribed for similar purposes.
* The entire chapter 36 of the Śukla-yajurveda Samhitā comprises of 24 mantras.
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* The entire chapter 36 of the Śukla-[[yajurveda]] Samhitā comprises of 24 mantras.
* It is used as śānti during the Pravargya rite.  
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* It is used as śānti during the [[Pravargya]] rite.  
  
 
Such Vedic mantras are called Sāntisuktas.
 
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:40, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Santisuktas, ZAntisuktas, shaantisuktas


When some unnatural or supernatural phenomena takes place, foreboding some evil, remedial measures have to be undertaken. These are generally termed as śāntis. Even in some early Vedic mantras we find the idea of counteracting the evil effects of bad dreams.[1] They are:

  • The Sāñkhāyana-grhyasutras[2] prescribes the Ṛgvedic sukta[3] for curing a person suffering from any disease.
  • In the Taittiriya Āranyaka[4] there are 37 mantras of śānti, of which 7 are from the Rgveda.
  • Several verses of the Atharvaveda[5] are also prescribed for similar purposes.
  • The entire chapter 36 of the Śukla-yajurveda Samhitā comprises of 24 mantras.
  • It is used as śānti during the Pravargya rite.

Such Vedic mantras are called Sāntisuktas.


References

  1. Ṛgveda 10.164.1-5; 8.47.16-18; 10.36.4; 10.37.4
  2. Sāñkhāyana-grhyasutras 5.6, 7, 10, 11
  3. Ṛgvedic sukta 1.114 with 11 verses
  4. Taittiriya Āranyaka 4.42
  5. Atharvaveda 6.45.1; 6.46.1
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore